Destination Oblivion Decay
By Marcus Pan
Destination Oblivion still retains that heavy
underground feel. Thrashy and punchy, Decay is tight but rivetingly
metallic with a very dark metal feel. Manson-like and visiting similar veins
corporate espionage, railing against the norm and all that good stuff
that made music a movement rather than simply a sound.
Destination Oblivion has kept up a somewhat consistent
release track record. In 2002 their first full length, Thirteen Beginning to
the End, arrived and only two years after came Shock Therapy.
Decay has a street date only...three days prior to my writing this
review (June 25, 2005) which could actually be Legends' fastest review
turnaround time in our history. But let's talk about Destination Oblivion
rather than me.
Guttural from beggining to end, Destination Obvlivion's work
is clearly some of the heaviest industrial to hit my desk. It doesn't rely as
strongly on keys, though they are there to add to the mix, and instead takes on
a heavy metal feel as the music itself is built on the guitars. Not always a
six string as Don't Believe, for example, utilizes a heavy slamming bass
guitar to build on top of to a good effect.
Life Through Death begins with a quiter bent, a
slower grunge-style dirge. Deja Vu continues in this vein, getting even
more moody and ethereal though raw at its edges. As it moves along like this,
Coagulation becomes experimental and seems to lose its way momentarily
prior to the stompy bass grooves of Process of Dehumanization. This one
has a definite Korn bent to it, with stroppy bass, squealy guitars and guttural
spoken word vocals. The slap bass is the best part of this track. Broken
attempts to keep this Korn-bass style alive, but doesn't do nearly as well as
Destination Oblivion retains an amateurish sound at times, a
much less refined Manson or Dope Stars(1). The talent and the arrangement is
there with few exceptions and Decay has for the most part a heavy
industrial guitar-based sound. The amateurism usually comes out in a raw
underground edge, but it can be said that if Trent Reznor never met Marilyn
Manson and put them on Nothing records they could still be sounding very
similar to Destination Oblivion.
Post: PO Box 56641, Portland, OR, 97238-6641, USA
(1) Their 10,000 Watts of Pure Pleasures
release was reviewed in Legends